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January 2013 Issue

Vorbeck Materials Awarded $1.5M ARPA-E Grant

Congratulations to Vorbeck Materials Corp. on being awarded a two-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a low-cost, fast-charging battery for hybrid vehicles. The technology was licensed from PNNL and if successful, the system has the potential to shorten recharge times by a factor of three, maintain high battery capacity, and increase the efficiency of hybrid vehicles by up to 20% while also reducing cost and emissions. In partnership with PNNL and Princeton University, high performance batteries with record breaking energy density capacities have already been demonstrated. In 2012, Vorbeck was selected as one of three winners in the Department of Energy's Next Top Energy Innovator challenge recognizing the advancements in energy storage enabled by this novel graphene technology, and the technology received a 2012 R&D100 Award. Read more...


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